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Steel Structure Trivia: Steel Sculptures Around the World
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM.


Here’s MSC’s August Steel Structure Trivia question! South America’s first steel teaching sculpture was recently built at the University of Passo Fundo, located in the northern half of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and is being used as a teaching aid in architecture, civil engineering and mechanical engineering courses. According to Professor Zacarias Chamberlain, it exemplifies the type of steel sections used in Brazil and is an adaptation of the AISC Steel Sculpture, which has served as a valuable learning tool on numerous college and university campuses around the U.S. since it was originally developed by Duane Ellifritt in 1986. Can you guess how many AISC Steel Sculptures there are in the U.S.?



There are 148 AISC Steel Sculptures in the U.S. Congratulations to our winners: Ta-Wen Lee, manager of the telecommunications division at FWT, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Lombardo, a structural engineer with McPherson Design Group, Norfolk, Va.; and Christopher Cichon, a structural associate with Sargent & Lundy, Chicago.


The AISC Steel Sculpture is designed to give engineering students a true visual understanding of steel framing and connections. To learn more or view additional images of these steel teaching sculptures, visit


You can test your steel structure knowledge right here on our MSC website on the last Friday of each month, where a new photo will be posted to the Steel in the News section as our weekly “Steel Shot.” Your challenge is to correctly answer the trivia question provided in the news post, based on what you see in the photo. The next question will be posted on Friday, September 27, at noon (CST).


backscratcher-007_sitn.jpgThe first three people who supply the correct answer (or closest to the correct answer) will receive an MSC-branded stainless steel back scratcher! You’ll need it to successfully tackle those pesky itches after the trivia pressure subsides. (And check out that telescoping action! Wow!) Its five-fingered curved design reaches from 7 in. to 20 3/4 in. in length.



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